When we think of the wheel of the year, the Wiccan wheel with its celebrations of the Yule, Beltane, Mabon, and Samhain come to mind. But what about a wheel of the year for the rest of us pagans and witches? As a witch living in sunny South Florida, longtime hereditary witch Temperance Alden has often felt at odds gearing up to celebrate Yule, for example, when it is 76 degrees and sunny outside.
Year of the Witch will help readers create their own intuitive practices in harmony with the climate, culture, and local spirits where they live. It’s of interest to witches coming off the Wiccan path and looking for a more personal approach to celebrating the rhythms of nature. Year of the Witch covers all aspects of this new, seasonal practice:
•The origins of the neo-pagan wheel of the year and why it is still so relevant today
•Culture, historical facts, and traditions associated with the major ceremonies
•Basic principles of land-based magick
•How to intuitively connect to the nature below your feet and the local gods
•Being a custodian to the land and its impact on our spiritual practice
“Temperance Alden is at the fore of a new generation of witches, and they are smart, fearless, and ready to overthrow paradigms that many of us have taken for granted. Year of the Witch invites readers to challenge the assumption that the Wheel of the Year needs to uphold Arcadian agricultural ideals that just don't apply to how we actually live and practice our Crafts. Temperance is here to remind us that we don't know as much as we think we do, and thank goodness for that.”—Thorn Mooney, author of Traditional Wicca: A Seeker's Guide
“The key to the heart of witchery lies in authentic connection. But many witches feel disconnected with the traditional Wheel of the Year due to either its religious tones or because the seasonal celebrations are based upon the European climates of the Wheel’s origins. Temperance Alden remedies this in her much-needed and brilliant Year of the Witch, where she guides the readers to observe their own land, celestial cycles, seasonal cycles, and even one’s own biological cycles to inform their magickal year. Drawing on folklore, mythology, and religious customs surrounding the Wheel of the Year, Alden provides a well-researched overview of the themes of the Sabbats, while urging the reader to intuitively tap into themselves to learn how to authentically connect with the high holy holidays of the witch to extract power and wisdom from them, regardless of their path or religious leanings.”—Mat Auryn, author of Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick, and Manifestation
|Temperance Alden is a hereditary folk witch with over eighteen years of practice devoted to witchcraft and paganism. She is the founder of Wild Woman Witchcraft.|
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